Raid on Libyan consulate in Palermo by “The Women and Men of Good Will of the New Mediterranean”


Blitz against the Italy-Libya Memorandum (MoU) this morning at the Libyan Consulate in Palermo.

As reported by Adnkronos, a group of people wearing white overalls and with their faces covered, changed the consular plaque and replaced it with one bearing the words ‘Consulate of the Torturers’. The action, claimed in a text and video by ‘the women and men of goodwill of the New Mediterranean’, ended with the throwing of red liquid to symbolise blood.

It is our pleasure to publish the whole text translated into English by our team and invite everyone to share it widely.

From our side, maximum respect for the women and men of goodwill of the New Mediterranean.
The struggle continues, at sea as on land.

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Some people wearing white overalls and with their faces covered threw red liquid on the walls and put up posters with pictures of migrants and the words ‘Libyan lagers’ and ‘torturers’.

Blitz this morning at the Libyan Consulate in Palermo. Posters with images of ‘Libyan lagers’ were put up at the entrance to the office, which is located in the central Via Libertà, and a plaque reading ‘Consulate torturers Libya’. An action of disobedience filmed and claimed through a leaflet by ‘The Women and Men of Good Will of the New Mediterranean’. In the images of the raid, of which Adnkronos has come into possession, some people wearing white overalls and their faces covered can be seen putting up posters on the outside walls of the consulate with pictures of migrants and the words ‘Libyan lagers’ and ‘torturers’. A plaque was placed at the entrance of the consulate saying ‘Consulate torturers Libya’ and red liquid was thrown on the ground and walls to symbolise blood.

‘We visited the Libyan Consulate in Palermo today,’ reads the leaflet claiming the action. A peaceful but determined action to give back the true image of what this place represents: a government, the one in Tripoli, where militias are authorised to carry out horrible violence against migrant women, men and children, locked up in lagers or hunted in the streets as prey in a bloody hunt. It is the dirty work of ‘guard dogs’ of the externalised border to the south of Europe, involving the detention and even physical elimination of human beings, who have the only fault of wanting to seek refuge in countries across the sea, such as Italy’.

‘The Women and Men of Good Will of the New Mediterranean’ point the finger at the “systematic and programmed violation” of human rights in Libya, “paid for with hundreds of millions of euros by Italy and Europe”. “The ‘left-wing’ Italian rulers signed in 2017 a pact with Libyan armed clans, written with the blood of tens of thousands of innocent people.” The Italy-Libya memorandum for the authors of the raid would aim to “make it legal to torture, rape, kill asylum seekers, with the intention of preventing them from reaching the Sicilian coasts. Financing the construction of concentration camps, training and supplying the so-called ‘Libyan Coast Guard’, which has captured at sea and deported to Libya tens of thousands of people. Making legal the violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Geneva Convention on Refugees, the Hamburg Convention on Sea Rescue. Make horror and injustice legal’.

The Mediterranean is “our common home”, they go on to explain, but also “a cemetery without crosses or tombstones, from the mighty of the Empire”. “We call brothers and sisters those who are forced to cross deserts and rely on the waves to cross the border between death and life. We are Mediterranean and recognise the value of a right of citizenship that is not based on skin colour, wealth or poverty, but on humanity. The struggles of our brothers and sisters to win the human right to mobility, to reaffirm the inviolable right to seek asylum and refuge, are our struggles. And they will build a new Mediterranean’.

Link to the original news and video: https://www.adnkronos.com/palermo-raid-al-consolato-libico-torturatori-video_3UDrL89aaCbjFIaG6QiEFF